Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Virginia For Girls
The Best Goalie Camp in the country!
The Virginia lacrosse session of The Goalie School this Summer is held at beautiful Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. For Girls only, campers can expect the same outstanding instruction as the boys Goalie Schools. This camp has been filled the past 5 years so don’t delay in signing up!
Coach Pilat will be teaming up with Mary Schwartz, current head women’s lacrosse coach at Roanoke College. Coach Schwartz is a former Division I goalkeeper at the University of Maryland who knows what it takes to be successful in the women’s game.
- Great instructional staff to work with all goalies
- 4 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio; the best ratio in lacrosse camps
- Programs with a strength and agility coach
- Fun and exciting goalie games
- Coaches talks and demonstrations
- The dorms are Air conditioned!
- There is an indoor pool for campers to use at the Virginia site
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Camp Director Mary Schwartz
Directing camp this summer is Mary Schwartz. Coach Schwartz is entering her 16th season with Roanoke College as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse program.View Mary Schwartz's Bio ⟩
A four-year letter winner at the goalie position at the University of Maryland, Schwartz helped the Terps to three NCAA Division I championship games (1982, 1984, 1985) and was named to both the ACC’s All-Tournament team and the North/South Senior All-Star game in 1985. As a goalie with Maryland’s field hockey team, Schwartz also was a four-year letter recipient and still remains fourth on the Terps’ all-time goals against average list.
Schwartz began her coaching career in 1989 as an assistant field hockey coach at North Alleghany High School (Pa.). After three years at North Alleghany, Schwartz moved on to Mt. Lebanon High School (Pa.) where she served as the head coach of the girls’ lacrosse team for two years. While in Pennsylvania, Schwartz founded the Pittsburgh Women’s Lacrosse Club in 1991. After that, Schwartz coached at Shady Side Academy (Pa.), where she coached the school’s first four high school All-Americans and earned the Midwest School Girl’s Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year Award (1994).
Schwartz’s accomplishments garnered her a coaching career at the college level. In 1996, she became the head women’s lacrosse coach of Davison College (N.C.). Schwartz joined Roanoke College’s women’s lacrosse team in the 2005 season as the program’s eighth head coach since the program began in 1978.
Mary Schwartz has been coaching at Roanoke College for 14 seasons (2005-2016). Her overall record totals 123-87 overall and 75-27 in the ODAC, which makes her coach with the most wins in Roanoke College Women’s Lacrosse history. She has coached 61 All-ODAC selections, 23 ODAC All-Tournament Team selections, 23 VaSID All-State Team selections, 19 IWLCA All-Region selections, five IWLCA All-American selections. Schwartz has also coached three ODAC Rookies of the Year and three ODAC Players of the Year. She has coached 29 ODAC All-Academic Team student-athletes. She was rewarded ODAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
Schwartz has served on several NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committees, including a stint as the chairperson of the NCAA Division I South Region selection committee. She has also served as a Second Vice President of US Lacrosse and as an Executive Board member with the organization. As of 2016, she is currently serving her second year as a NCAA Division III At Large Representative for the IWLCA Board of Directors. Schwartz also serves as the Athletic Department’s Senior Women’s Administrator and supervises the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee.
This summer Roanoke College is offering one session of overnight with a commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM) option available. This camp has been filled the past 5 years so don’t delay in signing up!
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
• Camp hours: MON 4PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-8PM, THURS 9AM-12PM
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
- CHECK-IN: Check-in takes between 2:00-4:00pm on Monday, June 17th.
- CHECK-OUT: Check-out takes place between 11:00-12:00pm on Thursday, June 20th.
Housing & Roommates
Campers stay 2-per room. If you have a roommate request and have not notified us, please do so no later than 10 days before the start of camp. As much as we try to take care of each and every camper, roommate requests are not guaranteed! We will try and put you right next door or on the same floor as your roommate request.
Dorm: Caldwell, Alleghany & Ritter Hall
Linens: Not provided; Bed size Twin XL
Air Conditioning: Yes
Suggested spending money: $100
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff and available at every field session of camp
The staff reside in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 3:30-4:00pm for check in. On all other days, the arrival time is 8:45am at the Dorm for attendance. Departure on other days is 9:00pm and campers can be picked up at the field.
- Monday: Commuter Campers stay until 8:00pm. Dinner is provided.
- Tuesday-Wednesday: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00am-8:00pm. Lunch and dinner provided.
- Thursday: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00-12:00am. Check-out is immediately after camp concludes with the closing ceremony.
- Daily Schedule: MON 4PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-8PM, THURS 9AM-12PM
COACH PILAT'S INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:
Coach Pilat has produced two videos for goalies. Purchase Advanced Techniques (2015) or Basic Techniques (2001), or buy both!
Basic Techniques - The Ball Stops Here I: Was produced in 2001 and is still a valuable resource to learn the basics of goaltending as well as a few new tricks. Content Includes - Basic Proper Goalie Warmup, Basics of Stance, Stopping Screened Shots, Stick Skills and Basic Clearing, Stopping One-On-One Shots, Basic Proper Technique for stopping all shots, Unique drills, Goalie Arc Play, Pipe Play, Field Communication. Price: $30
Advanced Techniques - The Ball Stops Here II: Advanced Techniques is designed for goalies and coaches who are ready to move to the next level. Content Includes - TGS Method (Advanced Goalie Routine), Advanced Warmup, Advanced Drills, Mental Strategies, Scouting Opponents (watching film), Advanced Clearing Concepts, Weight Training for Goalies, Stick Repair and Stringing. Price $30
The Ball Stops Here Combo Package: Players of all ages can learn from over 90 minutes (combined) of concentrated instruction on both videos and Coach Pilat recommends both videos to any goalie. Order yours today! Price $55
Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an TGS Nike t-shirt or hat in the camp registration process through June 1, 2019. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.
- TGS Nike T-Shirt - Price $30
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
- TGS Embroidered Nike Baseball Cap - Price $30
- TGS Embroidered Bucket Hat - Price $30
Note: DVD's and apparel will be HANDED out at camp check in.
GOLD LEVEL PRIVATE COACHING: Coach Mary Schwartz is a master technician when it comes to teaching goalie techniques. A four-year letter winner at the goalie position at the University of Maryland, Schwartz helped the Terps to three NCAA Division I championship games (1982, 1984, 1985). The private 30 minute one on one instructional session will take place outside of the regular camp instructional sessions. Training time will be given to camper at check in. Only five exclusive sessions are available each camp and they often sell out months before camp commences! Price: $75 (LIMIT 1 SESSION PER GOALIE - ONLY 5 SESSIONS AVAILABLE)
SILVER LEVEL PRIVATE COACHING: A private 30 minute one on one instructional session with a TGS Senior Coach can add that little extra specific technique work your Goalie is looking for. The session will take place outside of the regular camp instructional sessions. Training time will be given to camper at check in. There are limited sessions available at each camp and they sell out quickly! Price: $50 (LIMIT 1 SESSION PER GOALIE - ONLY 5 SESSIONS AVAILABLE)
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Wake Up (overnight campers)
- 8:00 AM Breakfast in Dining Hall (overnight campers)
- 9:00 AM Goalies filmed in cage, Coaches Talk, Station work
- Noon Lunch in Dining Hall
- 1:30 PM Remaining Goalies filmed in cage, Rapid Fire, Agility work
- 2:30 PM Clearing stations, Small group Coaches Talk
- 3:30 PM Rest time, Pool Opened, Camp Store Opened
- 5:00 PM Dinner in Dining Hall
- 6:30 PM Goalie 10 on 10 Games!
- 8:30 PM Back to dorms, Day campers depart
- 9:00 PM Rest time, Camp store opened, pizza orders
- 10:45 PM Lights Out!
In Roanoke College, you'll find a beautiful campus in a classic college town, with a vibrant city and beautiful countryside just minutes away. The campus is only 10 minutes from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, with direct flights to more than nine cities in the Midwest and East Coast. It is 3-4 hours by car from Charlotte, N.C., Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C.
Camp Questions & Answers
What are the size of the beds in the dorm?
Campers will reside in Caldwell, Alleghany & Ritter Hall and the size of the beds are Twin XL.
What is the cancellation policy for The Goalie School?
Cancellations, for any reason, received at least five (5) days before camp start date, will result in a camp VOUCHER for all tuition fees paid, valid through the following calendar year. Your VOUCHER is transferable to any family member and may be used in the sport in which you initially registered. Cash refunds will be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection (see terms under the Peace of Mind Policy). Individuals who DO NOT attend their registered session (no-shows) or cancel their camp session within five (5) days of the camp start date will receive a camp VOUCHER for all tuition fees paid less a $150 cancellation fee.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
June 25, 2018: I would absolutely recommend this camp. My daughter had so much fun, improved her skills and felt she learned so much. As her parents, we saw her gain confidence in herself. That was the best part.
— Camille P. Parent
June 23, 2017: The instruction and instructors were excellent! My daughter was never trained by a goalie coach, she finally learned how to move her feet and was taught drills that she can practice at home.
— Chloe E. Parent
June 23, 2017: It was a great camp! They're coming home with drills that they want to practice and feel more confident about their skills. Thank you!
— Sarah J. Parent
June 23, 2017: Goalie Wars!! Loved the opportunity to play field positions and get more comfortable outside of the crease.
— Olivia T. Camper
The best goalies on the field often have one thing in common - they've been to this camp!
June 25, 2016: Our daughter has attended The Goalie School camp two years in a row - hands down her favorite camp and the best quality instruction. Coach Pilat and Coach Schwartz run an excellent camp. Too many camps have the goalies there as target practice for the shooters. TGS is quality focus on how to be the best goalie you can be. We've been to various tryouts and showcases, and you know we goalie parents seem to find each other and talk. The best goalies on the field often have one thing in common - they've been to this camp. C.D., parent of a camper from PA
— Barbara R. Parent
June 25, 2016: Girls Goalie camp was an outstanding experience for my daughter. She really enjoyed meeting new friends from across the Country and playing in the "goalie games" every evening. The instruction from staff was very knowledgeable and engaging! The staff was great at providing one on one time with all the girls and the camp site at Roanoke College was perfect!
— Paris R. Parent
It's a lot of fun!
June 24, 2016: I really enjoyed meeting other goalies and getting time to identify specific goalie skills and work on them. I think this camp is great if you're a beginner or you've been playing for years. It was nice to get different perspectives from new coaches, and I plan to use their ideas at my teams at school and club. However, going into the camp, expect that you will need to take the information the coaches give you and individualize it to your own style and skill level, and what helps you save goals! I like that they gave us choices in how to do certain skills, to suit our style. It's a lot of fun and great for goalies!
— Sophie C. Camper
June 23, 2016: This camp has great instruction for building skills specific to goal keepers, and it will pay dividends on increasing overall performance. Our daughter returned from camp motivated to work on her craft. We can already see an increase in her confidence because of the great instruction. Many thanks and we will be back for the next camp!
— Hillary M. Parent
Excellent camp for goalies!
June 22, 2016: This was an excellent camp for goalies. My daughter, who previously decided to never go to another camp as a goalie because she was tired of being cannon fodder for the other campers, is planning on returning to this camp next year.
— Anna L. Parent
June 29, 2015: Hi Coach Schwartz! My daughter attended your Goalie camp in Roanoke, VA this past summer. She had a wonderful time and it couldn't have come at a better time for her right before she played in the Inside Lacrosse Women's Invitational in Baltimore, MD. She actually ranked 8 out of 12 against other goalies who were all older than her and had played longer in the goal.
— Sophia P. Parent
Best camp ever!
June 28, 2015: I just wanted to tell you that my daughter attended your Goalie School last week and it was by far the best camp ever! I promise we have spent a lot of money on camps and private lessons and she learned so much at your camp. Most camps simply don't focus enough on goalie instruction! This was by far the best choice and investment we have ever made in our childs future as a goalie.
— Olivia E. Parent
June 27, 2015: Just wanted to let you know that my daughter received an award from her coach for specialist of the year! She has progressed as she has because of what she’s learned from your camps. Thank you!
— Jim N. Parent